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  1. Vol. 37 No. 1, p. 132

    * Corresponding author(s): wdyer@montana.edu
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Inhibitors of Fatty Acid Synthesis and Elongation

  1. William E. Dyer *
  1. Dep. of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, Montana State Univ., Bozeman, MT 59717-0312


Fatty acid synthesis and fatty acid elongation are two parts of a critically important pathway in plants. The end products are essential components of cell membranes, waxes, and suberin. Two chemical families of herbicides (groups that share similar chemical structures) inhibit fatty acid synthesis, whereas fatty acid elongation is inhibited by two other families. This lesson will provide an overview of fatty acid synthesis and elongation, and explain where herbicides inhibit the pathway. Mechanisms of resistance to these herbicides will be described. At the completion of the lesson, students will be able to:

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